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  1. darkknight9761 at |

    This list was very good, I’ve played at least half of these games, I can see why Silent Hill is #1 (I own all the games in the series), but you forgot the granddaddy of them all; Resident Evil(#1 was the one that got me hooked on this genre of game) and it scared the crap out of me. Did you not include it because #1 was so much older than the ones on this list?

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    1. Mark Hill at |

      Yeah, I was trying to keep the list as modern as possible because most older horror games haven’t aged very well. The only thing about RE1 that scares me today is the voice acting.

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  2. OldGamer at |

    Some games that scared me.

    Bioshock, plenty of tense & scary moments, especially when you first encounter Big Daddy!

    Doom & Doom II, playing the original Doom at night with the lights out back in the early-mid 90s… that was enough to scare the begezes out of you. The first game that truly scared me.

    Doom 3, once again, dark & scary, although relying more on the leap out at you from nowhere scare tactic, still worked though.

    Resident Evil, playing the first RE at night was enough to just make you want to stay up all night and not risk nightmares.

    System Shock 2, the precursor to Bioshock, certainly influenced nearly every game on this list.

    Alan Wake, dark, moody, just downright creepy.

    7th Guest, another 90s game, think Myst, but with ghosts & even creepier.

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    1. Kurtis at |

      To right Doom 3 is so scary first time i played it scared the crud out of me!

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      1. TotallyEpic14 at |

        Haven’t any of you played resident evil 1??? The lack of ammo was just scary… oh and did i mention the crimson heads i don’t think i did. If you forgot to burn or decapitate a regular zombie you were screwed as ammo was scarce … and oh one more thing you are in a the arklay mansion (go figure!)

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    2. Brent Friedman at |

      I’m an OldGamer too and totally agree that the original Doom and Resident Evil games were genuinely frightening. Another oldie-but-goodie was Fatal Frame. Remember that one?

      There’s actually a cool new mobile game called Ghost Patrol that evokes some of the old FF magic, while adding an augmented reality twist with some of the creepiest sound design you’ll ever here.

      If you’re bored this Halloween or just wanna be spooked, check out Ghost Patrol and play it alone in the dark if you dare. bit.ly/VW6yAn

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  3. Chuy C at |

    Good choice on Silent Hill 2… but I will say that Silent Hill 1 was the scariest game on the series.

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    1. Damiel at |

      Bra silent hill the best scary game if Eva played. Silent hill home coming is amazing….. And so is silent hill downpour

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  4. BillyT at |

    Dude, nice list. Good call on Silent Hill 2, being number 1. I always chose the Silent Hill series over Resident Evil, just more my preference. Silent Hill 1-4 were all great, after 4 they lost me. Oh and Akira Yamaoka, made some great music to compliment the eerieness of Silent Hill.

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  5. Hbol at |

    YeE, Bioshock should be on this this. Game scared the crap out of me.

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  6. Coffeepillow at |

    So basically this is a list of games that I shouldn’t play. Bioshock scares the bejeesus out of me just fine…

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    1. nooo at |

      bioshock isn’t scary AT ALL it is like a 2 year olds game

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      1. Wildqueso at |

        u havn’t gotten to the ‘big daddy’ then…… I havn’t really gone through the door to it cuz it’s too scary!

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      2. zszfs at |

        lol its no where near a 2yr old game u probly dont even hav the guts to finish it

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  7. TriviaFan at |

    A great list, haven’t heard some of these. Eternal Darkness, that one gave me the creeps especially during the sanity modes. Siren, that one also gave me the creeps.

    But from the above list I would say the best one in terms of being scary is Condemned. While it got good reviews back in 2005 when it was released, I think it’s a masterpiece and has stood up well. The story progression got some criticism but I think overall they did one heckuva job on it. The dark atmosphere, the sounds, the gameplay, absolutely scary

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    1. ed at |

      I couldn’t agree more. You know what? I’m gonna go play it right now.

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  8. Well Well at |

    Well you obviously haven’t played Minecraft.

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  9. Daniel at |

    I’ve only heard of #1 and only know “call of the ktulu” from a Metallica song, but was expecting a Resident Evil game on the list. I would put Turok 2 Seeds of Evil on my personal list of scariest games.

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  10. Johnson Joe at |

    Resident Evil 4?

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    1. Diego at |

      Really John? RE4? You should play Amnesia.

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      1. Damiel at |

        Diego… Amnesia the dark descent is kuk mooi and link scary. But I really enjoy the game! But i still think that silent hill is the best scaryiest game yet! But amnesia is still amazing!

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  11. selunesmom at |

    Great List. The only thing I would have added would be platforms. Some of these look awesome, and I’d love to know what they’re playable on. Revise/ addendum please?

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  12. Jeddy at |

    The original Siren is better, the new one I think is kind of ridiculous, and the old one with it’s scroungy controls makes it a lot scarier because you spend your whole time screaming at you character to get him to stop bumping into goddamn walls while the SHIBITO are chasing you. By the way it’s shibito and not zombies, and there’s a specific reason for the wording there.

    Nice choice tho I like this list =D

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  13. SS2 at |

    dude….system shock 2 is one of the creepiest scariest games I’ve ever played….

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  14. Kit at |

    Clock Tower 3 should be on this list. Just watching someone play that game puts me on edge!

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  15. Turk at |

    Dino crisis and reident evil 4 are a couple of good scary games, both make you throw your game controller at the sceen when you play them alone in the dark.

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  16. dave at |

    not bad, but one i think you missed was The Suffering…really creepy in my opinion, and i would say Dead Space should be higher

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  17. Matt at |

    silent hill 2 scary ?? pfft. i could only play ‘project zero’ (the first one) for 45 minutes at the most. and they seem to have a problem with f.e.a.r. because of the name not the game. that was a great scary game in more ways that usual (for an FPS)

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  18. Stacked Stone Bloke at |

    What about The Grudge on Wii……Scary as hell!

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  19. josh at |

    I was surprised not seeing any Doom or Bioshock games. Although Silent Hill 2 being at #1 is a great choice!

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  20. Trent at |

    Nailed the Silent Hill 2. I like that there’s a lot of psychological horror games on here. Not just gore.

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  21. Sam at |

    Great list but missed some of the best, like doom 3 and resident evil 3, good to see fear on the list , thats one scary game

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  22. waseem at |

    Silent Hill 3 is Best,

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  23. Anonymous at |

    Great choice for #1 and #2!

    For those of you who say Resident Evil 4 should be on the list, that’s not even scary! And Bioshock is not even horror.

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  24. Adelarm at |

    Bioshock is more psychological horror and atmospheric tension, which is still a form of horror. Though I do agree with it not being in the top ten. Still a freaky game.

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  25. edgames at |

    Condemed should have been higher. I know 3 full grown men that jumed the first time the manikens moved forward

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  26. SLY at |

    What about Obscure: Aftermath? What about Resident Evil 4? What about The Darkness? SAW? Vampire’s Rain?

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  27. Elfin Slade at |

    Well, Condemned sounds interesting. But I started playing 3D computer games back in the early 90s, so I am rather prejudiced in that all new games seem to me utterly boring, bloated balderdash. It would be nice if this list contained release dates so people would know better what’s promising and what’s probably a BLOATED balderdash.
    Personally I would recommend Blood – the advanced episodes can get F’d up rather quick. And those spiders were almost unbearable, I wanted to stab my 13″ CRT :-)
    Another game with terrifying moments is Thief: the dark project.
    Why no mention of Undying? I reckon it was a cult game in the last decade.
    Still haven’t got to System Shock / Bioshock (I’m a workaholic). My back catalog must be approaching a gigabyte!

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  28. AnonPerson at |

    Finally a top 10 scary game list that actually gets it right.

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  29. Melanie at |

    THE SUFFERING SHOULD BE ON HERE!! GREATEST GAME EVER AND SUPER FREAKING SCARY WHEN YOU’RE ALONE IN COMPLETE DARKNESS WITH THE SURROUND SOUND ON FULL BLAST!! :D

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  30. Nick at |

    another good one….Nightmare House 2.

    its a half life episode 2 mod….but very scary moments. the game has a way of setting you up for the situations that seriously can scare the **** out of you lol

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  31. Nick at |

    Nightmare House 2.

    its a half life episode 2 mod that is frankly terrifying. lots of areas that set you up to have the **** scared out of you lol

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  32. George at |

    Amnesia is waaaay scarier than silent hill 2 lolz…I was at the point of shaking and not being able to keep a firm grip on my mouse by the time i got out of the prison. I do commend you for not putting freaking Bioshock on this list…Bioshock is NOT SCARY!

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  33. ed at |

    Condemned is a diamond in the rough. Very scary indeed.

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  34. emily_weirdnez at |

    i was scrolling down expecting silent hill on the list, and there it is. number 1. but where is resident evil?

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  35. Mary at |

    I’ve played several horror games in the past. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is no joke. It will reduce you to crying in a corner within 15 minutes of playing. I would consider it tied with Silent Hill 2 for the title of the scariest video game.

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  36. Tunelesshalo at |

    Silent hill and amnesia good choice for being 1 and 2 but i prefer amnesia because, when you finish silent hill you finish but when you finish amnesia then there is the gaming community putting in endless custom stories to play. Amnesia wouldn’t get old because of the custom stories. BUT, where is resident evil cause that’s where it basically started.

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    1. SlicerCRO at |

      Resident Evil is basically a ripoff of Alone in the Dark imho. So, no, it def didn’t start there.

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  37. Gabriel at |

    Great list, though i only played silent hill 2, fatal frame 2, dead space 2 and extraction only, and siren the original, i was about 8 when i first played the demo scary but still a demo and only two half playable levels, and silent hill 2 i played at 7 with my cousin, we were a little too young to understand it, but we always played just to get a kick and I’ll always remember those acid throwing monsters but now that I’m 15 i get the new ones a lot better.
    some scary games I’ve played would be the suffering 1 & 2 because of some grisly disturbing looking monsters alot of gory violence a dark disturbing story and you get to transform into a monster which is pretty described as a hallucination (“people have seen Torque kill monsters with his bare hands”) and monsters all around the poorly lightened environment, hiding in the shadows. Later resident evils and older ones I guess because of the appearance of the zombies from rooms that you can’t see good and in the older ones the violence is extremely graphic and sometimes even looking realistic and that is enough just for a horror game and i started those games again at 7 and those dogs scarred the hell out of me and i also hated those tarantulas.

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  38. Ceejay at |

    Are you kidding me? No mention of Resident Evil whatsoever?

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  39. Dilerio at |

    where is Left 4 dead 2. mabe it is not a scary game but it’s bloody like hell and full of chaos and thrill

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  40. Mabel at |

    I’m kind of a new gamer. My bf made me play Silent Hill 2. I’m not finished as we are long distance and I’m too scared to play it without him!

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  41. Dilerio at |

    Guys. cheers everybody! all videos and pictures in the games of this list are nice. And they seems to be very exciting even your comments attract me to play some of them!!
    Actualy I have played a horde of action survival games.But most of them didn’t scared me at all.
    the only old game wich attracted me was Half Life 1. its very old but for the year 2000 it was like a nightmare because it had a strange story about the huge labs underground.
    for this time mabe I will try to play somthing like Amnesia or Penumbra…

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    1. Hayley at |

      Scariest thing ever. Connect your computer to nice speakers, or super nice noise blocking headphones. Play at night in the middle of a dark room. Never sleep again.

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  42. XVOLKOVx at |

    To everyone who thinks SH2 shouldnt be #1, think if you would have done this your first time playing

    1 play in the middle of the night
    2 lights off
    3 nobody in the room but you
    4 no music
    5 play with turtlebeach or greater head phones
    6 dont sleep

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    1. Dilerio at |

      try doing all these things when you meet the wich!! in L4Dead 2, and then you will pray to sleep without nightmares!

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      1. Troy at |

        Dude L4D/L4D2 is not scary. Why would you think its scary?

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        1. Dilerio at |

          My friend, you are right L4D isn’t scary, but I was talking only about the damned witch in this game. I always try to avoid it to escape from troubles. she sucks your life with her bloody long freaking nails!! she is so furious,brutal and mad like hell!!!

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  43. Sam at |

    Well, SH2 is practically the best horror game ever, however I’d have to say SH3 is actually scarier. Though Pyramid Head is scary. Also Amnesia is pretty scary and so is Condemned. This is still one of the best horror lists I’ve ever seen. I own and play every game on this list.

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  44. Kumar369 at |

    I think Hello Kitty III: The Final Rainbow is pretty scary. I thought I would never be able to clean my stain that was put on the back of my pants!!!!!! jk…… But seriously like the list havent really played any of these but still really nice list!

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    1. Dilerio at |

      Ha..ha..you should be scared watching Mr Bean wearing the dead chicken on his head.have you saw his old films?!

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  45. YourdreEMCOMETRU at |

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent takes number one I think. There were alot of people who chose not to continue.

    In my opinion the top 5 scariest games are…

    5. Silent Hill 2
    4. Doom 3
    3. Resident Evil 4
    2. Fatal Frame 2
    1. Amnesia: The Dark Descent

    F.E.A.R. was also good. but the combat made the fear go away in a sense.

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    1. Dilerio at |

      F.E.A.R is an action FPS game without puzzles to resolve,I think the real horror game must have confiusing missions like finding somthing lost in a horrific citadel or searching for hidden keys,traces that makes you wait for a panic moment behind the walls and underground…

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    2. Troy at |

      Resident Evil 4 is not scary. Ok maybe some parts are freaky but I’ve played it too many times for it to be scary.

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      1. Troy at |

        Sorry that may not be understandable. I’ve played Resident Evil 4 waay to many times to the point where it’s not scary.

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    3. Hororfan at |

      Yeah man I agree with you

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  46. Rip van WInkle at |

    Amnesia and Penumbra is the Scariest

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  47. Mia at |

    i haven’t really played many horror games, but now im playing amnesia and it is once of the most brain destroying things ive ever done … but im gonna finish it … eventually … when i get my sanity back ;)

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    1. Dilerio at |

      Is that right what you say!? I want to play this game rightnow, to discover the harm that destroys the psych!!!

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  48. Robert at |

    But Rule of Rose should be on here its like really unsettling in a mindfck sense

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  49. ed at |

    To bad this list was posted befor slender. lol

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  50. Joshua at |

    Slender

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    1. Dandrift at |

      hey bros…mabe they should make a totally new list for that we are in 2013 and there are many new horrible games with cutting edge details!!

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  51. scott kennedy at |

    fear2 and 3 should be on this list!

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    1. Dilerio at |

      Are they like F.E.A.R Perseus Mandate or better!!

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  52. Aryan at |

    Amnesia – The Dark Descent is the scariest game I have ever played. It should have been on the No.1 spot with Silent Hills 2.

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  53. Ron at |

    RE 4 had some scary moments, the part where you play as Ashley and you can’t attack for instance. Also the sack-head chainsaw man and the chainsaw wielding Bela Sisters (their blood curdling screams could freeze my piss).
    Alone in the dark the new nightmare for ps1 was a really creepy game as well, that old blind lady in the bed gave me the heebie jeebies.
    Silent Hill 2 had a truly creepy storyline. Watching the video in the hotel room sent a shiver down my spine. The parts with the suicidal lady Angela? are very sad and creepy too.

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  54. Shinigami at |

    Alan Wake should be on here. It was scary, had really good atmosphere, and a great story.

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  55. Gamexpert10099 at |

    Punembra Nightmares is the scariest,it could scare you to death!Really!Don’t play it! It once scared a
    35 years old man!

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  56. Gamexpert10099 at |

    Punembra Nightmares could scare people to death of any age.

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  57. Adam at |

    I stopped agreeing with this article by the time I saw Amnesia at #2. The game’s an overrated borefest.

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  58. Forstrom at |

    SH2 is an awesome choice for #1. Too bad they’ve ruined Silent Hill series with the new games..
    I’d choose Siren 1&2 over Blood Curse. Yes, the gameplay is harder, but the atmosphere and story is out of this world.

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  59. CLANDER at |

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the scariest game I’ve ever played, hands down. That game scares the living shit out of me every time. Resident Evil 2 is definitely a commendable choice for number 1 though.

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  60. Sarah at |

    Pesidilo is super scary, waaay scarier than the rest

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  61. Potato at |

    Honestly, Amnesia (the whole series) and Sanitarium are the scariest games ever. By far.

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  62. Potato at |

    Seriously. I am not lying. Everyone should try them.

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  63. Potato at |

    OMG Alan Wake scared me SO much, though. That should also be on the list.

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  64. James at |

    Love outlast. Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame.

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